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The Kalob Griffin Band will bring new tunes and holiday vibes to World Cafe Live tomorrow

Via facebook.com/kalobgriffinband

Each musical genre in this city boasts its own community. It’s why creativity breeds, why collaboration is inevitable and how fans know which venues or bars to go to in order to see a show they’ll enjoy.

But there’s something a little more notable, a little more special, about the roots rock revival that’s going on in Philly, and the bands that are at the forefront. It’s bands like Toy Soldiers, The Districts and of course Dr. Dog that have reminded local fans about the advantages of good ol’ Americana — and how the genre can make hands clap and toes tap unlike anything else.

The rise of The Kalob Griffin Band is another key manifestation of this, as the band has made quite splash into the local scene since moving to Philly from State College, Pa. They cultivated a loyal local following, deemed “The KGB Family,” and hope to top last year’s 500-person turn out when they play their “4th annual Holiday Extravaganza” on Saturday at World Café Live with support from The McLovins and Dirty Dollhouse Special.

The show will undoubtedly feature one or all of the three new tracks The Kalob Griffin is poised to release some time in late January 2014. Recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound (Bruce Springsteen, Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio, Alabama Shakes) the songs bring the tenacity and twang that live audiences have come to love from the band, but on a whole new level of songwriting and production quality.

“Full Love” is a fast-paced, hoedown-like groove that will be sure to get people dancing. “Bugle Boy Tobacco” starts with the sound of train tracks and the wailing of a harmonica before launching into an upbeat ballad about a boy who “didn’t have to look too hard, because trouble was after me,” and features a groovin’ instrumental breakdown.

But the standout track of the three would be “Fire and Time,” a love song featuring guest vocals from soulful, folksy songstress Ali Wadsworth, who recently released her own solo album. It’s a killer collaboration between long-time scene friends. Listen to two of the songs below, and click here to download a digital package with these two new KGB tracks.

The Kalob Griffin Band will play at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 at World Cafe Live. Tickets can be found here.

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Celebrate the holidays with Philly’s Dr. Dog and the Oh My Christmas Tree EP

drdog_epWith their fall tour supporting The Lumineers a wrap, Dr. Dog are back home in Philly for the holidays before embarking on a big 2014 tour in support of this year’s B-Room. Perhaps they’re feeling a bit celebratory about it, since the band is releasing a digital holiday EP tomorrow via their label, Anti- Records. Called Oh My Christmas Tree, it’s a collection of lo-fi Christmas originals songwriter Scott McMicken originally intended for family and friends, but decided to bring to a broader audience. It’s streaming today via Slate, and McMicken writes that while the songs are poppy and playful on the surface, as is the case with Dr. Dog’s best songs, there’s a flipside:

Christmas music can be so playful and fantastical but it can also be very melancholy and foreboding. To me thats the best. The spirit can guide you to balance and the spirit can be found anywhere you choose to look. In the cartoons and in the cold blood. In the wild imagination and in the strictest tradition. These four songs will ultimately live as that reminder for me and hopefully they serve you in some way too.

Listen to Oh My Christmas Tree here. Dr. Dog headlines the Electric Factory on January 31st and February 1st; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Watch Dr. Dog perform “Distant Light” for Out of Town Films (playing the Electric Factory on 1/31 and 2/1)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Out of Town Films have shared a third video with Dr. Dog, this time featuring B-Room track “Distant Light.”  The clip was filmed in the Philly band’s Clifton Heights studio, which used to be a silversmith’s warehouse before they repurposed the space into a recording studio and practice space.  Check out the energizing performance of “Distant Light” below and revisit the first two videos here.  XPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Electric Factory with Saint Rich on January 31st and February 1st; tickets and information can be found here.

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Out of Town Films debuts two new performance videos with Dr. Dog (XPN Welcomes to Electric Factory on 1/31 and 2/1)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine
Philly’s Out Of Town Films have shared two new videos featuring Dr. Dog recorded at the band’s studio in Clifton Heights. The stripped down versions of “The Truth” and “Too Weak To Ramble” nicely showcase the soulful roots of the album, particularly on the stunning “Too Weak To Ramble.”

WXPN Welcomes Dr. Dog to Electric Factory on January 31st and February 1st.

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Download Dr. Dog’s NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine
Recently Dr. Dog recorded a NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session. The band performed several songs from their new album, B-Room, along with “Too Weak To Ramble,” and “That Old Black Hole” from Be the Void. Download the sampler for free (or offer them a tip) and watch the band perform “Broken Heart.”

WXPN Welcomes Dr. Dog to the Electric Factory on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. Go here for tickets.

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Jessica Pratt, Northern Arms, Gene Shay)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Get caught up on the week’s shows with reviews and photos from appearances by Miguel, Pearl Jam and more [link]

Congratulations to XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay, who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame today [link]

Read XPN host Mike Vasilikos’s review of Dr. Dog‘s B-Room, this week’s featured album [link]

San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt performed unreleased songs for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

The Wonder Years’ Nick Steinborn will release a solo EP next month; listen to a new song now [link]

Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are throwing a Kompa party at The TLA with T-Vice in December [link]

Delco Pacers will celebrate the release of Stereo Streets at Milkboy on 11/14 [link]

Reef the Lost Cauze has announced a free show at Hard Rock Cafe tonight and a free song called “92 Flow” [link]

Northern Arms stopped by for a mysterious and powerful Key Studio Session [link]

Local rock band Rob, Lately has released a new EP called The Liar [link]

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Album Review: Dr. Dog’s B-Room (XPN Welcomes them to The Electric Factory 1/31 and 2/1)

dr-dog-b-roomWith each Dr. Dog record there is an immediate reminder of why we became fans, yet also that inspiration you get from a band that continues to search for new and interesting ways to make music. For over a decade the Philadelphia band has been putting out albums and their latest, B-Room, is as consistent as it is adventurous. Recorded in a studio that the band constructed prior to the sessions, ­B-Room is an honest and signature collection of songs.

The title B-Room refers to the studio which, yes, the band built themselves and recorded the album in. And ironically for a band that has loved to tinker in the studio, much of B-Room was actually recorded live. It’s a setting that favors the band and their interplay. For years they’ve conquered stages and built a fan-base through their live shows. Those on-stage dynamics and energy translate to the songs on B-Room. Songs like “Broken Heart” and “Distant Light” crave a live audience. And the band offers up some dreamy soundscapes on the lead-off track “The Truth” as well as the bright & bouncy “Love”.

For fans of Dr. Dog, B-Room continues a progression of albums that satisfies on just about every level. Frontmen Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman continue to be wonderful complements of each other. And the band is fully realized and captured in stride on this new collection.

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Watch: Pandora Presents Dr. Dog Live at 25th Street (XPN Welcomes to Electric Factory 1/31 and 2/1)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Dr. Dog, who recently released their new album, B-Room, and appeared on World Cafe with David Dye, did a session for Pandora that you can watch below. The band recorded at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, California, and performed three of our favorite songs from their new album; “The Truth,” “Love,” and “Broken Heart.” Check it out in the video below. WXPN Welcomes Dr. Dog to two nights at the Electric Factory on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Happy album release day to Dr. Dog’s B-Room; listen to the band’s session on World Cafe with David Dye

dr-dog-b-roomToday Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog releases its seventh LP, B-Room, on Anti- Records. It’s named loosely as an homage to the band’s new studio in Clifton Heights, Pa. – the thing you see on the album cover photo – and World Cafe‘s David Dye recently got to pay the guys a visit and record a session on location in their new space. The segment airs on today’s episode of the show, but you can stream it early in the player below.

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Just Announced: Dr. Dog will play two nights at the Electric Factory on 1/31 and 2/1 (and you can stream their new album B-Room)

 

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog have announced back to back hometown shows to support their new album B-Room – which, as of this morning, is streaming in its entirety at Consequence of Sound (listen here).  The indie rock leaders will headline the Electric Factory on January 31st and February 1st, their first local show since the band’s appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival in July.  B-Room is Dr. Dog’s seventh studio album, following 2012′s standout Be the Void and recorded at the band’s Clifton Heights converted-mill-studio with Nathan Sabatino.  Tickets for the two-night stand go on sale Friday, September 27th and will be available here.  Check out a few new songs below, including “Love,” which was just premiered last week.  B-Room will be out on October 1st through Anti Records.

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